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Local News October 21, 2014

Turkey trespasses for fourth time since hydrocarbons discovered

By Staff Reporter

THIS IS the fourth time in recent years that Turkey has trespassed into Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), with the seismic survey vessel Barbaros involved in three of these encroachments.

In September 2011 the seismic research ship Piri Reis entered well into Block 12, coming within approximately 40 nautical miles from the Aphrodite gas field where Noble Energy was conducting exploratory drilling.

At the time the Piri Reis cut a path through parts of blocks 10, 11…

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International News October 20, 2014

Lufthansa cancels flights due to pilots strike; train stoppage strands millions

German airline Lufthansa cancelled 1,450 flights after a pilots union called for a strike on Monday and Tuesday, adding to travellers’ misery after millions were left stranded by a weekend-long train drivers’ stoppage.

Lufthansa said late on Sunday more than 200,000 passengers and two thirds of its scheduled flights – short and mid-length services, mostly within Europe – would be affected by the strike.

Both the pilots’ and train drivers’ strikes hit at the start of a week-long, half-term holidays…

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International News October 20, 2014

U.S. military says air-drops weapons for Kurdish fighters near Kobani

By Arshad Mohammed

The U.S. military said it had air-dropped arms to Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants near Kobani on Sunday in what appeared to be the Pentagon’s first public acknowledgment it has delivered lethal aid to the rebels.

The U.S. Central Command said it had delivered weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to the Syrian rebels who for weeks have sought to stave off an onslaught by Islamic State fighters that have overrun swathes of Syria and Iraq this…

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Business International News October 20, 2014

Credibility meets compromise in Europe’s bank stress test

By Laura Noonan

When Europe announced its latest health check of top banks early last year it promised a “comprehensive assessment” of how well prepared they were to withstand another financial crisis.

In practice, a spirit of comprehensive compromise has been just as important.

A series of Reuters interviews with officials, bankers and others involved in the European Central Bank’s financial inspection of the euro zone’s biggest banks shows that in the seven months since it began, the ECB has…

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Two own goals give Liverpool stunning 3-2 win at QPR

Liverpool scored a stunning 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers with four of the five goals coming in the last seven minutes of their Premier League match at Loftus Road on Sunday.

Liverpool needed the help of two own goals for the win that lifted them to fifth in the table and left QPR bottom after a mesmerising finale with Liverpool’s winning goal coming in the fifth minute of added time after Steven Caulker scored an own goal with virtually…

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International News October 19, 2014

Fiercest fighting in days hits Syrian border town

By Humeyra Pamuk

The fiercest fighting in days shook the Syrian border town of Kobani overnight, sources inside the town and a monitoring group said on Sunday, as Islamic State attacked Kurdish militants with mortars and car bombs.

Islamic State, which controls much of Syria and Iraq, fired 44 mortars at Kurdish parts of the town on Saturday, some of which fell inside Turkey, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It said four more were fired on…

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International News October 19, 2014

Sweden steps up hunt for “foreign underwater activity”

By Niklas Pollard

Sweden beefed up its military presence in the Stockholm archipelago on Saturday to scour its waters for “foreign underwater activity”, a mobilisation of Swedish ships, troops and helicopters unseen since the Cold War.

The search in the Baltic Sea less than 30 miles (50 km) from Stockholm began on Friday and reawakened memories of the final years of the Cold War when Sweden repeatedly hunted suspected Soviet submarines along its coast with depth charges.

There is now…

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International News October 19, 2014

Hong Kong street clashes erupt despite imminent talks

By James Pomfret and Elzio Barreto

Violent clashes erupted in Hong Kong early on Sunday for a second night, deepening a sense of impasse between a government with limited options and a pro-democracy movement increasingly willing to confront police.

The worst political crisis in Hong Kong since Britain handed the free-wheeling capitalist city back to China in 1997 entered its fourth week with no sign of a resolution despite talks scheduled for two hours on Tuesday between the government and…

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Aguero torments Tottenham as City win 4-1

A virtuoso performance from Sergio Aguero earned Manchester City a 4-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday, the Argentine scoring all his side’s goals in an incident-packed clash at The Etihad.

For long periods of the game Tottenham worried the champions, but Aguero, described as a footballing Mozart the previous day by Tottenham’s coach Mauricio Pochettino, was the difference.

He opened the scoring after 13 minutes with an angled drive past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris before…

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Comment International News October 17, 2014

The real nobel winners

By Bede Sheppard

They’re going to need an extra-big stage in Oslo this year.

When Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai pick up their Nobel Peace Prizes, there are going to be a lot of other winners standing alongside them. About 2.2 billion, in fact.

You might not be able to spot on stage the 168 million child laborers from around the world, but they will be there in spirit. Most are involved in work so hazardous – such as in…

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